Lavanya was brought up in Mittakandriga, a small village in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Her marriage did not work out. She took a divorce from her husband due to dowry harassment. She had no work and no qualifications to get a job before she came to know about a free placement linked skill development training program in Sewing Machine Operation at Tirupathi through Aanganvadi volunteers which was being conducted by Social Empowerment and Economic Development Society (SEEDS) in coordination with IL&S Clusters.

She joined the centre for training in Tirupathi where she was learnt all about Sewing Machine Operations. She became good at things like controlling the machine, stitching of components etc which were previously unknown to her in just a month. She also learnt about other aspects of like like savings and cleanliness. Immediately after training, she was provided placement with M/s BNT IMPEX Fashions Limited, Ambattur in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.


Prasad hails from Duttalur, after completing his under-graduation from Ambedkar College, in Udayagiri in 2010, he found it difficult to secure a job and contribute to his parents’ annual income of 25000 INR. He was assisting his father at their 4 acre farm.
Prasad learnt from SEEDS about its SESS (Skills for Employment in Services Sector) program and undertook the training. Through the course he gained new skills and self confidence. He also learnt how to use a computer and opened his first email account at the SEEDS center in Duttalur.


Ravi is a student belonging to the Tribal Community. He resided at a government hostel while pursuing his higher secondary education in Duttalur. Ravi had preferred to stay in the government hostel as there was no electric connection in his house. His parents earned a living making charcoal which was sold in Nellore town. With an annual income of Rs. 15,000 and three other children, one of them younger to Ravi, they were not in a position to support Ravi’s schooling.


The first SEEDS scholarship beneficiary Ms Padmavathi has completed her 11th and 12th standard successfully and joined for Graduation again with SEEDS help.


Shaheeda was the youngest of five sisters and lost her mother and father at five and fourteen years respectively. Pyari was the only married sister who accepted her into her house. While attending school Shaheeda had to help with all the household work and also take care of her sister’s children. Despite such challenging circumstances Shaheeda did well in her studies to secure 76 percent in her class 10 examinations. However, she was under pressure from her married sister’s family to leave home as they did not want to support her higher education or incur expenditure on her marriage.